The top high school basketball players from the area will face off on the hardwood Thursday night in the Central Community College - Columbus All-Star Basketball game at Columbus High.

The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.

All three Columbus schools will be represented in both games. Twin River leads the number of all-stars selected with five.

On the girls' Silver Team, Columbus High's Macee Trotta and Aspen Luebbe will team up with Lakeview's MaKenna Klug and Gracie Borer to take on the Green Team which features Scotus Central Catholic's Courtney Kosch.

Scotus' Bryce VunCannon and Grant Shanle play on the boys Silver Team against Columbus High's Kade Nelson and Lakeview's Cameron Drozd and Cadge Janssen.

Twin River's Jeff Morris is the head coach for the Girls Silver team.

"Coaching in the game is great," he said. "It's an all-star game for a reason. They're all stars. It's fun to get to work with some of the kids that you compete against. It's pretty fun.

"(The talent) is really good. This part of the state, the northeast part of the state, is awfully good basketball."

He will coach against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family's Kandee Hanzel.

"It's kind of fun to see all those surrounding school kids come together, play together and have a little fun," she said. "The talent is extremely good around this area. It will be fun to see them all play together and have a few laughs to finish out their year of high school.

"Every all-star game is a close game. I told the girls, 'The ultimate thing I want you to do is have fun and everybody scores, no matter the outcome.' Our ultimate goal is to have fun, get along and enjoy the last ‘Oohrah’ before they go off to college."

On the boys side, Clarkson-Leigh's Jeff Bachman leads the Silver Team.

"I'm really excited about it," Bachman said. "I practiced with the guys (Monday). It should be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to it. There's a lot of really good players in our area, in our conference as well as the other area schools. There's a lot of really good basketball players in the area."

Lakeview head coach Tyler Colvin will coach the Black Team during the all-star game.

"Anytime you get an opportunity to coach a good collection of kids that are obviously talented and have done some great things it's always exciting," he said. "I'm looking forward to going out there and watching them have a ton of fun.

"If you look at the kids playing, obviously there's some very skilled and some very accomplished players on both teams. Anytime you have kids coming from quality programs that are represented in this game, you're going to get players that know how to play and know how to play the game the right way."

In total, 16 schools will be represented including area schools Twin River (5) both Humphrey Schools (4), Cross County (1), Aquinas (2) and Clarkson/Leigh (3).

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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